What’s all the Buzz with Hyaluronic Acid or HA?

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is getting a lot of buzz lately – you hear it on the TV commercials and in all the latest beauty magazines too!

 

It is used widespread as a topical moisturizer and anti-inflammatory agent. It is now part of many creams, serums, injectables and some supplements. First it’s important to realize that HA is a substance that naturally occurs in our bodies and has the unique job of hydrating our skin. The natural glycosaminoglycan is distributed widely throughout connective, neural and epithelial tissue. It is one of the chief components of the extra-cellular matrix, the tissue that provides structural support to cells including the cells that make up the skin.

Youthful skin retains its turgor, resilience and pliability due to its high water content. Over time, loss of moisture occurs as part of the normal aging process. HA is a key molecule involved in skin moisture due to its unique capacity in retaining water, it is a strong hydrophilic or “water-loving” compound. HA is capable of holding up to 1,000 times its molecular weight in water, penetrating the skin and binding skin cells to water, infusing all layers of the skin with moisture. Beyond the aging benefits of superior hydration, hyaluronic acid is widely used in the treatment of wrinkles and sagging skin to help restructure the dermis.

At Simply Renew, our HA injectables such as Restylane® or Juvéderm® HA fillers are used to add subtle volume or plump up lips, fill in lines and creases in nasolabial folds, marionette lines or add volume to the cheeks. The effects are seen immediately. There can be some swelling and/or bruising in the injected areas over the first 48 hours gradually subsiding. HA fillers can last up to 1 year.

 

Author: Sandy Rieth, Nurse Practitioner, Skin Care and Facial Aesthetics Consultant